Ron, (affectionately known as RP) of Christina Lake passed away September 4, 2011, in the Palliative Care Unit at the Grand Forks Boundary Hospital. He was born on October 16, 1930, at Albernie, B.C.

It is with profound sadness that our family has lost an incredible husband, father and grandfather. Ron is survived by his wife, Ollie of 59 years; children: Danny (Teresa), Robert, Gordon (Leslie), Pat (Gavin), Allen, Keith (Kathy) and Susan (George); grandchildren: Christy, Gareth, Angela, Alexa, Caden, Danielle, Alex, Sean, Mathew and Zachary; brother, Brian (Pat) and sister, Joan.

Ron was a Meteorological Technician on Old Glory Mountain near Rossland from 1950 to 1952 when he met Ollie Phillips, his future wife. After a short time at Sandners Sawmill at Christina Lake, he began his career at the Cascade Border crossing as a Customs Inspector where he stayed until retirement.

As well as raising seven children, Ron and Ollie have owned and operated Silver Birch Resort at Christina Lake since 1953. Ron was the Regional District Director Area C for 11 years, where he was instrumental in bringing many improvement projects to the community. He was president of the Naturalist Club, for many years as well as an active volunteer in many areas within the community. One of his special projects was the creation and maintenance of the many Blue Bird trails.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated if sent to the Grand Forks Boundary Hospital Palliative Care Unit at 7649 22nd St., RR 2, Grand Forks, B.C., V0H-1H0, or to the Canadian Cancer Society at 565 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z-4J4, or online at

A celebration of life will be held at the Christina Lake Community Hall, on September 24, 2011, at 2:00 pm. Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at

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